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a fountain opened to the house of David, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for fin and for uncleanness.” The fulness of Christ is not the fulness of a vessel, but of a fountain that cafts forth its waters, and yet hath still enough.--Consider,
(3.) That it belongs to him, and to him alone, to distribute that fulness : John v. 22. « For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgement unto the Son.” He is the great steward of the fulness of God. The keys hang at his girdle. Never any soul was filled, but whom he filled. The Father directs the hungry foul to his Son: Matth. xvii.5. “This,” says he is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased : Hear ye him.” The Spirit points you to Chrift. And Christ is saying to you, what Jofeph faid to his father and brethren : Gen. xlv.
9.-11. “ Haste
you, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus faith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt; come down unto me, tarry not.. And thou shalt dwell in the land of Gothen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou and thy children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast. And there will I nourish thee, (for yet there are five years of famine), left thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.”--- Consider,
have his word for it, that he will do it : Il. lv. l. “ Ho every one that thirsteth, ye to the waters, and he that hath no money, come ye, buy and eat, yea, come, buy wine and milk, without money, and without price.”. John, vi. 37. « All that the Father hath given me, shall come unto me, and him that cometh unto me, I will in nowise cast out." And you have the testimony of them who have gone before you : Luke, i. 52. 53. “ He has exalted them of low
degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things.”
Here, however, there may be proposed this O3J+CTION. Is it possible for a person to find satisfaction in such a course, turning his back on the world and its lusts ? Answer, Come and see. The saints have found, and do find satisfaction, and this such as has made them despise the smiles and frowns of the world : Psal. iv. 7. “ Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased: Heb. xi. 24. 25. 26. “ By faith Mofes, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter ; choosing rather to suffer asictions with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of fin for a season. Esteeming the reproaches of Christ greater riches than the trea.. sures of Egypt: For he had respect unto the recompence of reward.” is there any perfection or sweetness in the creature but what comes from God ? does not the whole creation shine with borrowed light ? If so, then God must be more sweet, infinitely more sweet, than all the creatures, even if combined together. And does not the natural constitution of the soul, call for the enjoyment of an infinite good ? It must then be the greatest reality.
Still, however, some may press this OBJECTION. But will he fill me who am full of fin? Anf. Christ fills freely, as freely as the rain falls, and the sun shines, without hire, and his fulness will wear out the fulness of fin : Isa. i. 18. «Come now, and let us reason together, faith the Lord : Though your fins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow : Though they be red as crimson, they shall be as wool.” Amen.
THE NATURE AND SOURCE OF THE
JOHN, vi. 57. He that eateth me, even he mall live
YOU have been eating the bread of the Lord :
who those are who have done this may be already known; happy are those who have ate that bread which is the Lord; who these are muft be discovered by the effects. Persons will readily look like their meat; they who have ate Christ will look like Christ, seeing this food has a transforming virtue, there will be such a difference betwixt them and others, as that mentioned in Dan. i. 15. “ Their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat.” Living bread will make living lively souls : He that eateth me, even he shall live by me.--In which words we have,
1. The character and privilege of a believer : He pall live, viz. the life of God, from which others are alienated. To his natural life, common with others, by which he is diftinguished from things without life, he shall have another of a more sublime nature, by which he shall rise superior to other men who are dead in fin, while they live a
natural * Delivered at Wamphray, Monday, July 2. 1711. immediately after the dispensation of the Lord's fupper.
natural life : He shall live fpiritually and eternally.
2. We have the spring from whence the belie. ver derives this supernatural life of his, in its beginning, progress, and continuation. It is not from himself, he is but a branch, not a rout; it is not immediately from God, as 'Adam's, but from the Mediator, Jesus Christ. The justice and holiness of God refused an intermediate union with the sinful creature, yet there could be no life but as proceeding from God, the prime Fountain of all, and there could be no communication of this. life without union with him ; 'wherefore it pleafed God to unite the human nature to the divine in the person of his Son, and so to make him the Mediator, the mean of the finner's union and communion with the Father ; that he deriving life from his Father, they might again derive it from him. This is the import of the former part of the verse, in which Christ shews how he comes to be living bread. 1. He is fitted for giving life, seeing he lives by the Father, deriving life from the Fountain of life. 2. There is a divine appointment of him by the Father, by which he was ordained and set apart to be life-giving bread to his people.
3. We have the way how this life is derived from Christ to the soul, and this is by eating of hin, that is, by faith. It cannot be understood of a corporeal eating, for this cating would not give life : John, vi. 63. “ It is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing.' Our Lord himself determines it to be believing, ver. 35: " He that cometh to me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." The word here used properly signifies a keen appetite, being the same as in Matth. xxiv. 38. and may
denote unto us that greedy appetite which the believer has after Christ, his foul-food, and that there is no hazard of excess here, either in the appetite which ob
tains, or in the continuance at this blessed work; we may eat all the day long, and also in the night, and welcome. Yea, it is remarkable that it is not said, He that hath eaten, that has got a taste of Christ, and is satisfied ; but be that eateth, denoting a continuingaction, such as he that breathes, lives. There muft be a constant improvement of Christ as the Fountain of life, a living . by believing : Gal. ii. 20. “ And the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
4. We have the peculiar interest of the believer in this life: “ Even he shall live by me.", All others are, and will be clead while they live ; he, and only he, shall live ; for there is no life but from Christ, and none from him but by faith. From the words I take this
DOCTRINE, That the believer lives by Christ, de
riving his life from him by faith. - For illustrating this doctrine, I fhall,
I. SHEw what is that life which the believer lives by Christ, and derives from him. II. How the believer derives this life from Christ
I. 'To shew what is that life which the believer lives by Christ, and derives from him.-As to this I observe,
I. That the believer derives from Christ a life of grace, and lives by him, in opposition to that death in fin under which all unbelievers are : Eph. ii, I. “ You hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins." The believer has infused into liim an inward vital principle of action ;